Praising the Lord for His Unending Love
This psalm may have been the last words sung by Jesus and His disciples before He went to the Garden of Gethsemane where He was arrested and led to His death. Mark 26.30, straight after the Last Supper.
READ PSALM 118.1-29
And consider which verses would have been particularly powerful and emotion filled when Jesus read them in these circumstances. I’m thinking verses 5,6,13,14,17,18 for example!
Consider also which verses are particularly powerful and encouraging for us as we read them now. I’m looking at verses 19,20,23,27,28,29 for example!
Let’s focus in on one verse in particular- v.25- “O Lord save us and grant us success.”
The Hebrew word here is ‘Hosh’iana’, the Greek ‘Hosanna’ – and is prophesying the salvation that can only come through Christ’s sacrifice for our sin. This verse was sung by the crowds as Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.
Here’s some questions to ask yourself- truly meditate and reflect upon them!
- What does Jesus save us from?
- What does Jesus save us to?
- How does God grant us success, and what does success truly mean for the believer?
To help you in your reflections, I’ll list 3 New Testament words that are applied to the saving work of Jesus:
- Soteria - means to bring deliverance, to rescue, to bring someone safely through.
- Apolatrosis - means to ransom, to buy for a price, to set free.
- Dikaioo - means to be righteous in God’s sight, to be declared not guilty.
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